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If you live in Maryland, compare and shop for private health insurance plans and apply for health insurance coverage through the Maryland Health Connection, not through HealthCare.gov. The marketplace is not a private insurance company or a government-run health plan.


Starting November 9, 2014, Marylanders can visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov to learn about new plans and costs, to get an estimate of financial assistance and to compare health insurance options for the 2015 calendar year without having to enter personal information.


Open enrollment for 2015 coverage starts November 15, 2014 and ends on February 15, 2015. The open enrollment period to purchase a qualified health plan for 2014 is now closed. Coverage ends for Marketplace plans bought in 2014 on December 31, 2014.


  • All Marylanders who want financial help with a plan starting January 1 should apply between November 15 and December 18 — even if you already had a plan and financial assistance in 2014.


  • On November 16, the call center opens to take phone applications at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY 1-855-642-8573).



  • If you are eligible, you can buy a plan now if you have a qualifying life event such as marriage, having a baby or losing your current coverage. Call the Consumer Support Center toll-free at 1-855-MHC(642)-8572 or TTY: 1-855-MHC(642)-8573. Servicios de traductor están disponibles para asistirles, llame al 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).


  • If you are eligible for Medicaid or Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP), you can continue to enroll online year round.


HealthCare.gov (CuidadoDeSalud.gov), (both links open in new windows) the official U.S. government site, helps people understand their health insurance options and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Visit this site to find the public and private health options available for other states.



  • Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) or chat live through Healthcare.gov



Affordable Care Act


Health Care Reform and Marylanders
This site gives you answers about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Health Care Reform, impacts you.


Health Care Reform and Insurance for Mental Health Care
The National Alliance on Mental Illnesss explains the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law and its impact on acess to mental health and health care for people of all ages living with mental illness.


Maryland Health Connection (opens in new window) CONOZCA MÁS SOBRE MARYLAND HEALTH CONNECTION (opens in new window)
Maryland’s state-based health insurance exchange. Compare and shop for private health insurance plans and apply for health insurance coverage for you and your family.


Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act
Healthcare.gov addresses wide variety of topics about health insurance under health care reform provisions.



Maryland Health Education and Advocacy Unit of the Consumer Protection Division (Maryland Attorney General)
Helps consumers whose health plan has refused to cover a medical procedure or to pay for a medical service that has already been provided. Assists in resolving billing disputes with hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and other health care providers. Helps negotiate refunds for defective or undelivered medical equipment and seeks repairs for medical equipment and other health care products. File a complaint online or click here for instructions on getting a print complaint form to mail.


Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight - United States Department of Health and Human Services
Oversees implemention of the provisions of the legislation that address private health insurance.



Finding Medical Services and Facilities


Baltimore County Department of Health
Major portal to all the health-related services provided by Baltimore County to Baltimore County residents, find locations of local health centers, answers to frequently asked health questions, health awareness and education and other health-related information.


Maryland Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide - Maryland Health Care Commission
Guide designed to assist consumers and their families in obtaining quality hospital based care.


Consumer Guide to Long Term Care- Maryland Health Care Commission
There are many care options. The section Preparing for Long Term Care outlines the possibilities.


Health Plan Qualitiy and Performance Reports - Maryland Health Care Commission [PDF] Opens in new window
Provides information to help evaluate HMOs and PPOs operating in Maryland. For individuals who are deciding which health plan to join, or for employers who are choosing which HMO/PPO to offer their employees.


Maryland Access Point (MAP) (opens in new window)
Here, you can assess, learn and search for long-term support information and services throughout Maryland. MAP also has an assessment for people who may not know their needs.  The assessment can help narrow down service needs and provide a list of local providers for these services



Finding a Doctor


Physician Referrals
From Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Lists local organizations that provide online lists of or make referrals to physicians, dentists, and other medical practitioners.


Maryland Board of Physicians - Practitioner Profile Search (opens in new window)
Information including the educational background, training and specialities of physicians licensed in the state of Maryland. Includes information about malpractice judgments and disciplinary actions on physician. Locate a practitioner in your area.                                                                                                                            


Maryland Physician Search (Opens in new window)
From the Maryland Board of Physicians  


DoctorFinder: American Medical Association (opens in new window)
This online physician Locator     



Maryland Flu Preparedness


Flu Shot Clinics in the County

  • Many Baltimore County senior centers offer flu shots to residents over the age of four from mid-September through October. Shots for seniors are available at the Baby Boomer and Senior Expo. For information, call MAP at 410-887-2594.


  • Super Saturday Flu Vaccination Clinics, Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon
    County residents ages six months and older can get a free flu shot, while supplies last, at one of seven Baltimore County locations. No appointment needed.


  • Annual Free Drive Through Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic, Sunday, November 2 from 8 a.m. until noon
    Come early to the Community College of Baltimore County – Essex Campus located at Rossville Boulevard and College Drive as shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to residents six months and older. For information, call 443-777-7900.


VA Maryland Health System
Eligible military veterans can get free flu shots at the nearest VA Maryland Health Care System medical center or outpatient clinic.


Flu.Maryland.gov - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
This site contains both Maryland and Federal resources about flu symptoms, vaccines, treatment, local flu outbreaks and more.



Medical Assistance


Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Lists local organizations and agencies that provide a wide variety of services geared to your physical well-being including dental services, free or low-cost health clinics, medical transportation and more


Health Insurance Programs for Children, Pregnant Women, Families and Caretaker Relatives - Baltimore County Department of Health
Provides access to affordable quality health care to uninsured/underinsured Baltimore County residents through referral services, community resources, and education programs.


Health Services for the Uninsured - Baltimore County Department of Health


Medical Financial Assistance
from Connections: Children Youth and Family Resources
Lists local organizations and agencies that can provide information and assistance with financial aid for medical issues and for prescriptions


Maryland Medical Assistance Program -Maryland Department of Health and  Mental Hygiene
This site provides access to health care services for many of the State’s low-income residents. Individuals may be eligible for services through the Maryland Medicaid Program, the Maryland Children’s Health Program or the Maryland Primary Adult Care Program (PAC), depending upon income and other factors



Medical Conditions and Diseases


Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
Contact information for services and issues regarding accessibility, advocacy, counseling, education, employment, emergency assistance, equipment, housing, income, legal assistance, medical services,  recreation, transportation, parking, and other services for adults and children with disabilities.


Medical Dictionaries (opens in new window)
BCPL catalog lists several medical dictionaries


Prevention and Health Promotion Administration - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
Provides facts and data on infectious and chronic diseases, cancer, maternal and child health and environmental health. Provides information and resources for Marylanders to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, to ensure food safety, to facilitate access to services for TB, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, rabies and other transmissible diseases.


Maryland Poison Center
The Maryland Poison Center is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) as a regional poison center providing poisoning triage, treatment, education, and prevention services to all Marylanders. This service is staffed by pharmacists and nurses, who have specialized clinical toxicology training, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.


Maternal and Child Health - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Family Health Administration
Information and links to Maryland resources, from the Maryland Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program



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Medical Journals and Online Resources


The links below are to other online electronic resources that contain valuable health and medical-related information:


Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Extensive information from the National Institute of Health and other sources on over 500 diseases and conditions. Lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.


Network of Care for Mental/ Behavioral Health - Baltimore County Bureau of Behaviorial Health
A resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. The Library area contains articles, fact sheets and reports on mental health issues produced by the leading experts and organizations in the health field.


Medicines and Drug Information


Baltimore County Prescription Discount Card
A program to provide a discount off the retail price of prescription drugs. Available to all Baltimore County residents. 


Maryland Pharmacy Board 
Links to FDA alerts and notices, drug-interaction information, pending health legislation, medical news and information, consumer education, and other drug-related information. Verify pharmacist licenses.


Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program 
A subsidy program established by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) through the Medicare Modernization Act and the Health Insurance Safety Net Act of 2002, to provide premium assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents for the purchase of outpatient prescription drugs and who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.


Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (opens in new window)
An on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs.


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Local Food Resources
from Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Links to local community organizations that can provide assistance with acquiring food. Maintained by Baltimore County Public Library.


Food and Nutrition Information Center
A service of the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture
Current and reliable nutrition information for consumers. Covers food safety, preserving foods, dietary guidelines, and more.


A service of the National Agriculture Library at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
A wealth of credible government information on food and nutrition including topics like weight management, dietary supplements, food assistance programs, and more.


Last revised: October 9, 2014